14th February 2017 18:04:31 Hours
HE the President Maithripala Sirisena, honouring the assurance given by the government to agitating War Heroes who have sustained disability in the battlefield, but retired before completion of ten years or twelve years in service, symbolically commenced the award of their service pension, effective from this month (February 2017) during a simple ceremony, held this morning (14) at the Presidential Secretariat.
A representative gathering of 150 such disabled War Heroes, inaugurating the payment symbolically received certificates for payment of their service pension from the Chief Guest, HE the President where State Minister of Defence, Secretary to Ministry of Law and Peace, Secretary to State Ministry of Defence, Additional Secretary to Ministry of Defence, Chief of Defence Staff, Commander of the Army, Commander of the Air Force, Chief of Staff of the Navy, representative of the Police, Chairperson, Ranaviru Seva Authority and several tri service and Police senior officers were present.
During this ceremony, disabled War Heroes of the Army (100), Navy (22), Air Force (25) and the Police (3), representing all disabled War Heroes, accepted the service pension certificates, ending a long-agitated demand for payment of it since the war ended in May 2009.
At present, those disabled War Heroes, like their other counterparts in respective services and the Police are paid their monthly salaries and also a disability pension which they would draw up until they reach the age of 55 years of service.
Consequent upon recommendations and scrutiny of all administrative procedures in compliance with monetary regulations, the Ministry of Defence on the directions of HE the President who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, following several rounds of discussions, recently decided to continue the payment of the service pension along with the disability pension that they have been drawing after medical percentages of each injury and disability were determined.
Moreover, all military hospitals would continue to provide uninterrupted medical services to those disabled War Heroes and their family members in addition to a multitude of other Defence Ministry-initiated welfare projects in operation. Similarly, ongoing welfare projects of respective services at Regimental or otherwise, continue to identify and prioritize the needs of disabled officers and other rankers alike.
State Minister of Defence, Secretaries, service Commanders, senior officers and a few others were also associated with the presentation of those certificates.